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Tim Doyle- Pod People [treetrunk 237]


Published September 12, 2012


"Like all my pieces it is completely process-driven and as such not aleatoric or random... the generative algorithms are quite simple, amd the MIDI file is converted using a blend of several soundfonts with pretty elementary stretching and pitch-shifting, then cut and pasted and folded but not at all manually, again in a way that's process-driven before the fact, with the results whatever they are. This piece is actually a four-part canon with each layer starting at the same interval from the last (a matter of some minutes), so the weirdness builds up like a dawning realization, while at the same time the fact that at any time after all four layers kick in, the piece is three-quarters repetition gives a sense of a process repeated endlessly wherever you look... the constant tintinnabulation conveys the ceaseless and terrible growing of the pods just out of sight, while the drones that attack and fade without warning convey the helpless horror of what's happening. I should mention that Doc and Lena Selyanina, whose stuff I hugely admire, listened to this together and found it not horrifying at all; he said the following:

'Hi Tim! A great piece you have done, we have listened to it with Lena, and we both liked it. We didn't experience it nightmarish or even dark though, but found the atmosphere rather pleasant, sort of non-intrusive space music. The instrumentation and the sounds were beautiful, and the harmonies were interesting. I myself got a strong association to the Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov's music, especially his piece Metamusik. For Lena the strange harmonies brought up an association to Stravinsky's and Scriabin's music. As there is no structural development on the track, listening to it feels like floating in a spot of a tonal space or sea with a specific flora of ever recurring events surrounding you.'"-- Tim Doyle, 2012


Run time 60:04

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Visit Tim Doyle at Last FM.

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